Native Sons to hire 80 people over next 5 years in Horry County

Published: Oct. 3, 2012 at 12:13 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Council approved its third and final reading for Native Sons, a printing and embroidery business, to make home in a joint industrial business park.

It's part of a project between Dillon and Horry County. Until Tuesday, the project was given the code name: AF. The official company was announced at the council meeting.

"AF" was a codename for Abercrombie and Fitch, one of the retailers Native Sons does business with.

Native Sons will pay its employees between $12 to $13 per hour, and it is expected to hire about 80 new employees over the next five years.

"I think we're probably already 30-35 new hires into that," said Steve Taylor, President and Owner of the Native Sons shop on Executive Avenue in Myrtle Beach.

"Moving into the new facility gives us hope that we're going to continue to increase our sales and provide jobs for the community," said Taylor.

Horry County Chairman Tom Rice said the location is essential because unemployment is a crisis in Horry County.

"The national unemployment rate right now is 8.3 percent and statewide is 9.4 percent. Of the eight counties in this new district, there's not one that's at the state average," Rice said.

Councilman Gary Loftus said not only will the company bring jobs to the area, but the county will gain profit as well.

"We'll start getting property tax on a building we get no property tax on because it was owned by a non-profit. Now it will be owned by a for-profit company and we'll get property tax from it. That's one thing; the other thing is it's providing jobs in an area that does have higher unemployment than the county as a whole. So I think we're gonna see something here that's a win-win," Loftus said.

Candace Howell with the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation explained how much money the county will receive.

"The building used to be occupied by a non profit which means there were no taxes being collected. Now over a period of 20 years more than $600,000 will be collected."

Councilman Harold Worley was the only member to vote against the motion to approve the company from moving into Horry County.

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